SOMEA is the inclusive union that represents more than 750 South Orange-Maplewood Public School employees, including transportation & maintenance personnel, secretaries, IT specialists, athletic trainers, child study teams, social workers, counselors, librarians, nurses, and teachers.
As more grades prepare to return to buildings, there are a few things to keep in mind.
In the March 16 Court Order, Judge Alper ordered the district to adhere to the sidebar agreement previously made between SOMSD and SOMEA.
In addition, the only other resolution SOMEA has come to with the district is the use of air purifiers for rooms without mechanical ventilation. The NJEA approved air purifiers, Medify MA 40, clean 840 square feet every thirty seconds. The fresh air component is still a requirement in all worksites.
All other directives-such as return dates, combining cohorts, 3 feet social distancing instead of 6 feet and 5 days of in-person instruction-have not been negotiated with SOMEA.
Please contact your building Head Rep and/or PRRC Rep if you find yourself placed in a room without mechanical ventilation, an Odorox machine, and/or an air purifier, and/or lacking the fresh air component.
As temperatures begin to warm, it will also be important to remember that air conditioning units without HEPA filters should not be used. If your room temperature falls outside of the agreed upon range, you should request a room change and contact your building Head Rep and/or PRRC rep.
In Unity and Solidarity,
Rocio Lopez, President
Shira Lincoln, Vice President
Phil McCormick, Secretary
Laurie Pham, Treasurer
Michelle Rhodes-Soriano, Member Communications